Omega Engineering and Mixing Blog

Omega Graduate Produces Song on Hamburger Helper's "Watch the Stove" Mixtape

Posted by Nick Springer on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 03:35 PM

Reginald "Reggie" Everett recorded and produced the song "Hamburger Helper", the second song off of the "Watch the Stove" Mixtape by General Mills. Reggie is also a current student in The Omega  Studios' School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences Comprehensive Recording Industry Program. The Mixtape was a planned social media and Soundcloud advertising campaign put on by General Mills to draw attention to Hamburger Helper and it's line of dinner products. However, the project quickly gained critical and consumer acclaim due to the level of quality the hand-(or-glove-)picked artists and producers brought to the project. The Mixtape garnered over 3 million views in the first few days and now tops out at 9 million views on Soundcloud. When Reggie was asked to work on the project with his brother, Retro Spectro, he knew that everything he had learned so far at Omega Studios would be put to the test.

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Tags: Omega Studios School, recording school, record producer, Pro Tools, alumni, where are they now?

The C.L. Barnhouse Company Records Educational Music Publications at Omega Studios

Posted by Nick Springer on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 02:19 PM


Last month, the C.L. Barnhouse Company recorded a variety of music publications for educational purposes at Omega Studios in Rockville, Maryland. The C.L. Barnhouse Company is one of the longest-running and established music publishers in the United States. Since 1886, The Barnhouse Company has expanded their music catalog to include marching band publications, jazz band catalogs, the Norman Lee Publishing Catalog, military band publications, and catalogs designed for school bands.

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Tags: Concert Band, Concerts, Walking Frog, Education, Jazz Band, Big Band, Barnhouse, Publishers

Omega Graduates Score Big with National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation

Posted by Nick Springer on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 02:28 PM

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, or NABEF for short, is an organization dedicated to helping graduates across the United States establish a career in Broadcast Technology. The program seeks the best and brightest students who have studied video coding, IP audio and video, server-based audio and video, file-based audio and video, or radio and television transmission.

Year after year, Omega graduates have a good representation of students chosen for the coveted NABEF Technology Apprenticeship Program. Four out of the ten available spots for the program have been filled by recent Omega graduates. We at Omega Studios would like to extend our congratulations to recent graduates John Melvin, Stanley Kelley, Dante Barber, and Amy Willis for being chosen to participate in the 2016 Program. 

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Tags: broadcasting, audio for broadcasting, Omega, NAB, NABEF, TAP program, Graduates, AFT

My Open House Experience

Posted by Nick Springer on Sat, Feb 06, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

During my time as a student at The Omega Studios' School, I had more than few interesting and amazing experiences. From getting to work with some of the best professionals in the Music, Film, and Television industries, to putting in studio time with some of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania's best artists, I've had my fair share of learning experiences. However, one of my truly amazing encounters with Omega Studios was actually the first one: The Omega Studios' Open House.

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Tags: Omega Studios' School, Open House

Richard Burgess Takes His Next Step

Posted by Nick Springer on Thu, Jan 07, 2016 @ 12:47 PM

Richard Burgess is a titan of the music industry.                                                         Not only has he headed one of the Nation's oldest and most successful independent music labels, Smithsonian Folkways Recording, but he has authored two of the most successful Music Production textbooks to date. Richard has held a special place in our hearts as well. He taught The Art of Music Production class for 10 years at the Omega Studios' School Of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences. But now, Richard Burgess has taken the next step towards fulfilling his aspirations of pushing Independent Music into the forefront of our national psyche.

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Tags: record producer

MusiCorps Session at Omega Studios with Roger Waters, Billy Corgan, GE Smith

Posted by Neal Keller on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 01:40 PM

Hearing a favorite song come on while at work is something many of us can relate to. It can provide a break from the task at hand, it can recall old friends and other times, it can lift the spirits in the middle of a long day. In my case, the song I heard at work this past week was a classic, “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd. It has been a favorite since I heard it as a kid. The added bonus on this occasion was that it was being performed, right here in Omega’s Studio A, by one of the original artists, founding member Roger Waters. Hearing the notes of the song drift through the studio control room where I spend my working hours made me stop for a second to just listen, and reflect. It was an immersive moment, not just for myself, but for everyone who shared in the experience. The staff of engineers at Omega Studios put in a lot of hours and a lot of labor to make this hectic session a success, but I know that every one of us paused during the performances just to be there, to be in that moment. People need to be reminded to stop and smell the roses every now and then, to take in and experience an instant of perfection, but none of us needed a reminder on this day.

And the best part was, it wasn’t even about us, it was that the entire effort was undertaken for the benefit of some truly deserving souls. Roger Waters was at Omega Recording Studios this week, along with Billy Corgan, GE Smith, Jeff Kazee, and Rich Pagano, to rehearse for the Music Heals benefit concert for MusiCorps.  MusiCorps teachers Greg Loman and BJ Kerwin were also on hand at Omega this week, as was Assistant Production Manager Abby Buzzas (known to us as the blur racing by, throughout the whole session, keeping things in line), and MusiCorps founder Arthur Bloom.

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Tags: Veterans, Concerts, Roger Waters, MusiCorps, Billy Corgan

Make-A-Wish Foundation Music Video

Posted by Peter Novak on Sat, May 30, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

 Omega is proud to share with you this music video capturing a special moment in a young mans life. Wayne j is the featured artist and is a part of the Make-A-Wish foundation. It was his dream to produce a song that he wrote. This was recorded by Grammy Award winning engineer, Pete Novak at Omega Studios . It was filmed during the recording of the song, as well at Q 107.3 's studio during an interview and the premiere of his song, "Cheyenne". The recording process was a very eye opening and enjoyable experience, as well as heart-warming and tender.  With the help of Q 107.3 and the Make-A-Wish foundation, he was able accomplish his dream right here at Omega.

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Audio Workshop: "What I Learned @ Omega" - Live Sound

Posted by Sam Ricci on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Here at Omega we've started a new YouTube series aimed at giving you an insider's look at the exciting things going on in our audio engineering school. Our first episode dives into a day in the life of our live sound program—where students are taking a hands-on approach to learning the fundamentals of setting up and operating live sound and DJ equipment.

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Tags: recording industry, live recording, audio engineering tips, audio engineering career opportunities, Omega Studios School, Audio Engineering, Digital Audio Workstation, audio engineering schools, audio engineering experiences, Mix Techniques, audio engineering careers, music production training, musician recording, make a career as a recording studio engineer, recording studio knowledge, DJ, DJing, disk jockey, learn the music business, studio audio engineering training, studio audio engineering schools, audio mixing and mastering schools, the recording workshop, audio production school, record producer, live sound, how to become a sound engineer, how to start producing music, live sound tips

Audio Gifts Under the Tree: Free Plug-ins!

Posted by Omegastudios Neal on Sat, Dec 20, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Happy Holidays, readers of the Omega Blog! In the spirit of the season, Grammy winning Omega Engineer Peter Novak has gift wrapped a couple of free plug-ins, courtesy of Native Instruments and Softube. Follow these links to place them in your stocking (or downloads folder, as it were):

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Tags: Analog Tape, Pro Tools, saturation, delay, free plug-in, plug-in

Audio Workshop: Attack of the Compressor!

Posted by Omegastudios Neal on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Learning the Basics of Compression and Understanding Over Compression

Written by Jeremy Quintin for The Omega Studios' School

If you search for the phrase "how to compress a kick" or "when to use a compressor" on Google, you'll find out real quick that everyone and their grandmother has an opinion on the matter. “Cut out those transients,” says one source, “no wait, keep them in!” says another. “Maybe try some parallel compression” says somebody on the DJ Mixmag forums. Who is right? Who is wrong?

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Tags: Audio Engineering, Mix Techniques, FL Studio, pro recording tips, compressors, gain reduction, limiting